Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Taipei - Taiwan

We finally arrived back to Taipei!
The first thing we did was have lunch at the Five Dime Driftwood RestaurantIMAG4569 IMAG4572
An artsy kind of restaurant
Definitely different from any restaurant I've ever eaten at
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A doughy dessert (?) and stir-fry chicken

Fried Mantou (which was really good) and a salted vegetable dish

Lunch is served

Then we went to Taipei 101 tower to walk around the mall with all the expensive brand name stores:

Taipei 101 Tower

We grabbed bubbletea at Chatime (one of the popular bubbletea places in Taiwan)
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The bubbleteas here are different from the ones back in Canada, but we just decided to try their normal milk tea with pearls:
Really good! Milk tea just tastes so much better in Asia than in North America
Smooth and creamy with that fantastic tea flavour...yummy!

We were left on our own for dinner and with the recommendation of our tour guide, we went to the Core Pacific City Living Mall food court next to our hotel in Taipei for some really good Taiwanese beef noodle soup.
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There were quite a few places to choose from, so we got something from each Taiwanese food shop.

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup
Super famous in Taiwan (I was a little surprised we didn't have it on our tour, but we finally got it on our last day!)
Yum! Lived up to its name - it was really good with huge chunks of beef, tasty broth and a little hint of spiciness.


I love eating these steamed soup dumplings and these were pretty good (and they didn't come with the brand name price tag!). They didn't pass the sturdy stem test, but they had great flavour and they were super cheap compared to Din Tai Fung and King Ping Tea Restaurant.


Taiwanese Pork Chop with rice, tofu, beansprouts, bok choy and soup
The salt and pepper pork chop was really tasty by itself, but it was better paired with the rice and sauce. Every side dish was delicious and so tasty. I could definitely eat another serving of this!

I was really impressed by this food court! This was probably one of the better meals of our Taiwan trip. We got drinks for dessert:

Mixed Fruit juice, orange juice and watermelon juice
Our lazy way of getting our serving of fruit

The next morning, we grabbed a quick breakfast at the Golden Garden Hotel Buffet Breakfast before heading out to catch our flight
I was pretty excited to see garlic toast (and a microwave oven to toast it!)

Eggplant, eggs, ham and choy
The eggplant was pretty good, but everything else was kinda forgettable.

When we finally got to the airport, I remembered that one of my friends' suggested that I try the Rose Tea Latte since Taiwan is the only place in the world that offers it (and apparently it's REALLY GOOD). So I grabbed a rose tea latte and a lemon tart while I was waiting for my flight:

The rose tea latte was really good! It didn't have an overwhelming rose aroma since it was mellowed out by the milk, but I still found it aromatic and gave me the impression that it was an elegant drink (probably cause it was so pricey and delicate tasting). The cake was okay - I liked the lime rinds 

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